"[A] triumph -- a confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through aesthetic point of view..."
"[T]his tense, effective iteration of Bob Kane's original comic book owes its power and pleasures to a director who takes his material seriously and to a star who shoulders that seriousness with ease."New York Times
"Christian Bale makes the best Bruce Wayne/Batman since Warner Bros. revived the franchise in 1989."USA Today
"[I]t's the flair of the set pieces that really impresses....The film delivers a pleasingly robust sense of spectacle....It is a welcome new beginning."
Sight and Sound
"This intimate, brooding resurrection brings the Caped Crusader back to life by sending him back to his roots."
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lined with wry humor, the film addresses questions of corporate greed..."Rolling Stone
"[B]rooding, carefully crafted, and comparatively low-tech....Mr. Bale brings true gravity and pathos to the task at hand."
Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Nolan's vision of Gotham is a hellhole straight out of Hieronymus Bosch."
Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed, and Bale creates a hero of haunted fire."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Nolan's Year One reinvention of the franchise is largely about ambiance and mood....A more sober study in psychology..."Ultimate DVD